25 days in Dominican Republic & Cuba Itinerary

25 days in Dominican Republic & Cuba Itinerary

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25 days in Dominican Republic & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 5 nights
2
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Varadero, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Kharkiv, Ukraine


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5
nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Romana (Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology & Altos de Chavon) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bayahibe). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bavaro Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hoyo Azul, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and look for gifts at Dominicana Rai.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Punta Cana day trip site .

Kharkiv, Ukraine to Punta Cana is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In August, Punta Cana is a bit warmer than Kharkiv - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

La Romana, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Saona Island ©
Saona Island
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Santo Domingo is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium, make a trip to Zona Colonial, and contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santo Domingo tour itinerary website .

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Los Tres Ojos
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Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

3
nights
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata ©
Although out of fashion in the past decades, major revitalization efforts have made a trip to Puerto Plata a growingly popular option for the adventurous travelers.
Change things up with a short trip to La Aurora Cigar Factory in Santiago de los Caballeros (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: try out the rides at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada), see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, and look for gifts at Estrella Avenida.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Plata travel route app .

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

La Aurora Cigar Factory
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) ©
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Malecon, make a trip to Paseo del Prado, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Plata to Havana takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September in Havana, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Photography Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

2
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sirena Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Cayo Rico and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Vinales
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

3
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Varadero side-trips: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Pharmaceutical Museum, & more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, walk around Josone Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, and stroll through Cayos Blancos.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 3 hours. Traveling from Cayo Largo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Varadero, with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Pharmaceutical Museum ©
Pharmaceutical Museum
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

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